Is 'iZotope Elements Suite 8' ideal for mixing instrumental tracks or mainly vocals?

ArtBerkeley
ArtBerkeley Member Posts: 36 Member

I'm considering getting iZotope Elements Suite 8 and was wondering if anyone here could give some insight on whether it's good for mixing/mastering instrumental tracks or if it's mainly intended for vocals?

Thanks in advance!

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  • mykejb
    mykejb Moderator Posts: 817 mod
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    @ArtBerkeley RX is primarily noise reduction and audio repair. Nectar is specifically vocal mixing software. I wouldn't have thought they'd be particularly useful if you're doing mainly instrumental stuff rather than vocal. The other two products (Ozone/Neutron) are more general purpose so would probably be useful.

    You can get 14 day demos of both Ozone/Neutron from the iZotope site so maybe give them a try?

    -- Mike

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  • Milos
    Milos Member Posts: 1,833 Pro

    From my experience, I would recommend using free alternatives instead:

    KiloHearts Essentials (it contains nearly all free alternatives for compression, dynamics, eq, filter etc.)

    Guitar Rig 7 Player ( you can use Split Mix to give your voice a stereo vibe, but don't forget to put a little bit different effects for each channel)

    Here is my example:

    You can experiment with the settings inside this preset I created!

  • mykejb
    mykejb Moderator Posts: 817 mod
    Answer ✓

    @ArtBerkeley RX is primarily noise reduction and audio repair. Nectar is specifically vocal mixing software. I wouldn't have thought they'd be particularly useful if you're doing mainly instrumental stuff rather than vocal. The other two products (Ozone/Neutron) are more general purpose so would probably be useful.

    You can get 14 day demos of both Ozone/Neutron from the iZotope site so maybe give them a try?

    -- Mike

  • ArtBerkeley
    ArtBerkeley Member Posts: 36 Member
    edited December 2023


    The KiloHearts Essentials looks like some powerful tools... I'll def have to add them to my DAW. Thanks for sharing these with me!

    I have heard some mention that they can notice a difference between cheaper compressors (for example) and more expensive ones. Have you encountered any problems with that?

  • ArtBerkeley
    ArtBerkeley Member Posts: 36 Member

    Thanks for clarifying! I'll definitely check out the free trials.

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